John Allan (businessman)

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John Murray Allan (born August 1948) is a British businessman; the chairman of the supermarket chain Tesco and the housebuilder Barratt Developments.

Early life[edit]

John Murray Allan was born in August 1948.[1] Allan studied mathematics at University of Edinburgh.[2]


Allan took over chairman of Tesco from Sir Richard Broadbent in March 2015. He is also chairman of the housebuilder Barratt Developments.[3]

Allan's experience spans retail, logistics and housebuilding. He was deputy chairman of retailer Dixons Carphone and a non-executive director at Royal Mail. He was also previously chairman of Samsonite and he has been a non-executive director at National Grid, PHS Group and Hamleys. Allan was noted as an instrumental figure in the £3.7bn merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Tesco plc". Companies House. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Here's everything we know about Tesco's new chairman, John Allan". City AM. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ Butler, Sarah (17 February 2015). "Tesco announces John Allan as new chairman". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ "What you need to know about John Allan, the new Tesco chairman". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  5. ^ Davey, James. "Dixons and Carphone agree 3.8 billion pound retail merger". U.K. Retrieved 2018-05-22.